• 1. True Purpose

    Why are we doing this?”

    You start with a rough idea:

    <pre style="text-decoration: line-through">We need to move to a bigger house, because we need more space to grow as a family.</pre <small>The goal of this phase is to find a clear, concise purpose statement:</small>

    The purpose of improving our living space is so that our daily lives can flow with ease and joy and peace, and getting rid of useless clutter is one simple way of doing that right now.

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  • 2. Principles & Constraints

    You start with a vague set of priorities (different for each person), and a vague set of constraints.

    The goal of this phase is to have a concrete shared list of principles and constraints, that everyone can commit to and honor.

    Principles:
      1. Make do with what we have.
      2. Fewer better things.
      3. Do not assume we "need to have X".
    Constraints:
      1. We will be done two Sundays from now.
      2. We will spend no more than $250.
  • 3. Outcome Envisioning

    “What do we want?”

    The goal of this phase is to have a clear, concrete image of what “wild success” looks like.

  • 4. Current State

    “How are things now?”

    The goal of this phase is to see, really see, the state of things as they are now.

    <div class="info">This may seem like the easiest part, but it’s the most emotionally challenging. That’s because you’ve been dreaming up until now, and the gap between what you imagine, and what you see, can be quite painful.</div>

  • 5. Brainstorming

    “What are some ways we can accomplish this?”

    The goal of this phase is to produce as many ideas as possible.

  • 6. Next Actions

    Visible, physical actions.

    Start with general groupings, break it down until you get to “surely doables”, then stop.

    <div class="info">When you’re done planning and ready for action, you can move this card to the top for convenience.</div>

  • <div class="info">This is meant to be a living plan, not a static one. Keep revisiting and redefining each section, as much as necessary. If problems arise, revist. If project gets stuck, revisit. At whatever level necessary.</div>

  • Think broad and dig deep

    This is a two-step process to clarify your purpose.

    1. List all reasons that come to mind without censorship.
    2. Dig deeper into the ones that feel important by asking “Why?” again.
  • Check in With Your Fears

    Fear and Shame are a powerful blinders, and very often stop us from seeing the most direct path to reaching our true purpose.

    Examples:

    • I am afraid of looking like a failure.
    • I am afraid of trying hard, because if I fail my (friends|colleagues|family) will think less of me.
    • I am afraid of change.
  • Re-evaluate the Project

    Now that you’ve found your True Purpose, and named your fears, is the project you had in mind initially the only way of accomplishing it?

    <small>(hint: the answer is always “No, there are other ways.”)</small>

    Before proceeding, answer this:

    “What if I couldn’t what I initially planned to do. What would be three other ways of accomplishing the True Purpose?”

    Then choose either the initial project, or one of the alternatives.

    You’ve found your True Purpose and the right project to move it forward.

  • Core Principles

    What’s important to each of you?
    Can you answer this question:

    "I would give other totally free reign to do this as long as they _____________."

    <div class="info">As always, list first without judgement.<br>Then clarify and organize.</small>

  • Inviolable Constraints

    What constraints will you commit to?
    What firm deadline?
    What firm budget?

    <div class="info">Keep in mind that constraints are a part of life. You can either leave them vague or state them clearly, but they are there. Completing a project is much more difficult if you don’t have any clear constraints.</small>

  • Gather Inspiration

    Find or create images that evoke (not necessarily explain) what success will look like.

  • Dream

    Quite simply, close your eyes and daydream.
    Refine your dream by asking questions.

    If you’re working with someone, take part in each other’s dream:

    1. One person is designated the Dreamer.
    2. The other people are the Actors.
    3. The Dreamer starts with “This is what you see…” and describes the scene in words.
    4. The Actors ask questions about the scene. “What do I see on that wall?” or “What happens when I do this?”
    5. After a time, a new person is designated Dreamer, and the process repeats until everyone feels the vision is real.

    <div class="info">These examples are regarding a physical space, for simplicity. But the same procedure applies for imagining a software interface, or a new manufacturing process, say.</small>

  • Idea List (<span id="cards-amount"></span> ideas so far)

    Gather as many people as you can for this stage, to get as many ideas as you can.

    Start throwing ideas out there as they come.

    Four simple Rules:

    1. Focus on Quantity.
    2. Withold criticisim.
    3. Welcome unusual ideas.
    4. Combine and improve ideas.

    <div class="info">When you start slowing down, use the techniques below to generate even more.</div>

  • Creativity Techniques

  • Overview

    <div class="info">Once you’re done brainstorming, determine the very next physical, visible actions needed to move the project forward. Include who’s responsible by @tag.</div>

  • We want to move because we don’t have enough space for our stuff.

    <div class="info">In these examples, we start thinking that the problem is “our house is too small” but realize the real reason we want to move is because we feel it’ll simplify our lives.</div>

  • We want to move because we feel our place isn’t nice enough. It doesn’t reflect us.

  • Quotes on Fear

    “It is not because things are difficult that we do not dare, it is because we do not dare that things are difficult.”
    ― Seneca

    “Have no fear of perfection - you’ll never reach it.”
    ― Salvador Dalí

  • Initial Project

    Move to a bigger house.

  • Alternative 1

    Get rid of clutter & simplify.

  • Alternative 2

    Find the top three things about our current home that complicate our lives, and change them.

  • Alternative 3

    Maybe it’s no so much the space, but what we choose to do in it. We might be happier if we focused on finding activities we all enjoy. Have friends over more often? Games as a family?

  • Alternative 4

    Maybe we do need to move, but not to a bigger house, but a different city? A small town? A different country? Maybe there’s a place for us that just fits with our vision of a more peaceful, wholesome life?

  • Make do with what we have

  • Less is more, especially if it’s fewer better things.

  • Challenge assumptions, especially the assumption that “Oh, we simply need to have” some particular thing.

  • Quotes on Constraints

    “The human race built most nobly when limitations were greatest and, therefore, when most was required of imagination in order to build at all.”
    ― Frank Lloyd White

    “I decided to write a song based on the first thing I saw upon opening any book… I picked up up a book at random, opened it, saw “gently weeps,” then laid the book down again and started the song.”
    ― George Harrison

  • Some random idea

  • Another even crazier idea

  • Another one.

  • Use “What if” questions to trigger the imagination.

    • What if constraints were 10x more stringent?
    • What if you had all the resources in the world to do this?
    • What if you could ask anyone for advice on this. Who would it be, and what would you ask?
  • First physical, visible action step.

    <div class="info">If you’re stalled, it’s likely that you need to think more about the detailed steps. Keep breaking it down, as many levels as necessary, until you know exactly what needs to be done.</div>

  • Another next action. @john

  • Why?

    Hmm, a different way of saying that is: because we have more stuff than space.

  • Why?

    Because we often buy things to try to improve our lives.

  • Why?

    Because we feel our lives are too chaotic. We can never find what we need, we are constantly cleaning but there’s always more.

    It’s just too much!

  • Why?

    Ah! Because we have too much crap!

    Vicious cycle. We don’t need more space (we’ll probably fill it anyway). We need fewer things, and a better life flow.

  • Why?

    Because I’m ashamed of the state of it when guests come over.

  • Another multi-part action step

    <div class="info">A rule of thumb: keep going until your list of actions are definitely doable and within your control.</div>

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You can either leave them vague or state them clearly, but they are there. Completing a project is **much more difficult** if you don't have any clear constraints.</small>*"},{"_id":"53907926e6602af8186b932a","treeId":"53907926e6602af8186b9310","seq":98470,"position":1,"parentId":"53907926e6602af8186b9329","content":"### Quotes on Constraints\n> \"The human race built most nobly when limitations were greatest and, therefore, when most was required of imagination in order to build at all.\"\n― Frank Lloyd White\n\n> \"I decided to write a song based on the first thing I saw upon opening any book... I picked up up a book at random, opened it, saw *\"gently weeps,\"* then laid the book down again and started the song.\"\n― George Harrison"},{"_id":"53907926e6602af8186b932b","treeId":"53907926e6602af8186b9310","seq":98471,"position":3,"parentId":null,"content":"# 3. Outcome Envisioning\n> \"What do we want?\"\n\nThe goal of this phase is to have a **clear, concrete image** of what \"wild success\" looks like."},{"_id":"53907926e6602af8186b932c","treeId":"53907926e6602af8186b9310","seq":98472,"position":1,"parentId":"53907926e6602af8186b932b","content":"### Gather Inspiration\nFind or create images that *evoke* (not necessarily explain) what success will look like."},{"_id":"53907926e6602af8186b932d","treeId":"53907926e6602af8186b9310","seq":98473,"position":2,"parentId":"53907926e6602af8186b932b","content":"### Dream\nQuite simply, close your eyes and daydream.\nRefine your dream by asking questions.\n\nIf you're working with someone, take part in each other's dream:\n1. One person is designated the Dreamer.\n2. The other people are the Actors.\n3. The Dreamer starts with \"This is what you see...\" and describes the scene in words.\n4. The Actors ask questions about the scene. \"What do I see on that wall?\" or \"What happens when I do this?\"\n5. After a time, a new person is designated Dreamer, and the process repeats until everyone feels the vision is real.\n\n*<div class=\"info\">These examples are regarding a physical space, for simplicity. But **the same procedure** applies for imagining a software interface, or a new manufacturing process, say.</small>*"},{"_id":"53907926e6602af8186b932e","treeId":"53907926e6602af8186b9310","seq":98474,"position":4,"parentId":null,"content":"# 4. Current State\n> \"How are things now?\"\n\nThe goal of this phase is to see, *really see*, the state of things as they are now.\n<div class=\"info\">*This may seem like the easiest part, but it's **the most emotionally challenging**. That's because you've been dreaming up until now, and the gap between what you imagine, and what you see, can be quite painful.*</div>"},{"_id":"53907926e6602af8186b932f","treeId":"53907926e6602af8186b9310","seq":98475,"position":5,"parentId":null,"content":"# 5. Brainstorming\n> \"What are some ways we can accomplish this?\"\n\nThe goal of this phase is to produce **as many ideas as possible**."},{"_id":"53907926e6602af8186b9330","treeId":"53907926e6602af8186b9310","seq":98476,"position":1,"parentId":"53907926e6602af8186b932f","content":"## Idea List (<span id=\"cards-amount\"></span> ideas so far)\nGather **as many people** as you can for this stage, to get **as many ideas** as you can.\n\nStart throwing ideas out there as they come.\n\nFour simple Rules:\n1. Focus on Quantity.\n2. Withold criticisim.\n3. Welcome unusual ideas.\n4. Combine and improve ideas.\n\n---\n*<div class=\"info\">When you start slowing down, use the techniques below to generate even more.</div>*"},{"_id":"53907926e6602af8186b9331","treeId":"53907926e6602af8186b9310","seq":98477,"position":1,"parentId":"53907926e6602af8186b9330","content":"Some random idea"},{"_id":"53907926e6602af8186b9332","treeId":"53907926e6602af8186b9310","seq":98478,"position":2,"parentId":"53907926e6602af8186b9330","content":"Another even crazier idea"},{"_id":"53907926e6602af8186b9333","treeId":"53907926e6602af8186b9310","seq":98479,"position":3,"parentId":"53907926e6602af8186b9330","content":"Another one."},{"_id":"53907926e6602af8186b9334","treeId":"53907926e6602af8186b9310","seq":98480,"position":2,"parentId":"53907926e6602af8186b932f","content":"## Creativity Techniques"},{"_id":"53907926e6602af8186b9335","treeId":"53907926e6602af8186b9310","seq":98481,"position":1,"parentId":"53907926e6602af8186b9334","content":"- freewriting\n- free drawing\n- [six thinking hats](http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Six_Thinking_Hats)\n- random stimulation"},{"_id":"53907926e6602af8186b9336","treeId":"53907926e6602af8186b9310","seq":98482,"position":1,"parentId":"53907926e6602af8186b9335","content":"[Random word](http://watchout4snakes.com/wo4snakes/Random/RandomWord) generator"},{"_id":"53907926e6602af8186b9337","treeId":"53907926e6602af8186b9310","seq":98483,"position":2,"parentId":"53907926e6602af8186b9335","content":"[Random phrase](http://watchout4snakes.com/wo4snakes/Random/RandomSentence) generator\n"},{"_id":"53907926e6602af8186b9338","treeId":"53907926e6602af8186b9310","seq":98484,"position":3,"parentId":"53907926e6602af8186b9335","content":"[Random images](http://photo.net/photodb/random-photo?category=NoNudes) here\n"},{"_id":"53907926e6602af8186b9339","treeId":"53907926e6602af8186b9310","seq":98485,"position":4,"parentId":"53907926e6602af8186b9335","content":"More Random Images\n![](http://lorempixel.com/400/200/)\n(edit card to get a new one)"},{"_id":"53907926e6602af8186b933a","treeId":"53907926e6602af8186b9310","seq":98486,"position":2,"parentId":"53907926e6602af8186b9334","content":"\n\nUse \"What if\" questions to trigger the imagination.\n- **What if** constraints were 10x more stringent?\n- **What if** you had all the resources in the world to do this?\n- **What if** you could ask anyone for advice on this. Who would it be, and what would you ask?"},{"_id":"53907926e6602af8186b933b","treeId":"53907926e6602af8186b9310","seq":98487,"position":6,"parentId":null,"content":"# 6. Next Actions\nVisible, physical actions.\n\nStart with general groupings, break it down until you get to \"surely doables\", then stop.\n\n*<div class=\"info\">When you're done planning and ready for action, you can move this card to the top for convenience.</div>*"},{"_id":"53907926e6602af8186b933c","treeId":"53907926e6602af8186b9310","seq":98488,"position":1,"parentId":"53907926e6602af8186b933b","content":"### Overview\n[ ] First physical, visible action step.\n[ ] Test your assumptions.\n[ ] Another next action. @john\n[ ] A further action\n\n*<div class=\"info\">Once you're done brainstorming, determine the very next physical, visible actions needed to move the project forward. Include who's responsible by @tag.</div>*"},{"_id":"53907926e6602af8186b933d","treeId":"53907926e6602af8186b9310","seq":98489,"position":1,"parentId":"53907926e6602af8186b933c","content":"### First physical, visible action step.\n[ ] Another multi-part action step.\n[ ] An action step.\n\n*<div class=\"info\">If you're stalled, it's likely that you need to think more about the detailed steps. **Keep breaking it down**, as many levels as necessary, until you know exactly what needs to be done.</div>*"},{"_id":"53907926e6602af8186b933e","treeId":"53907926e6602af8186b9310","seq":98490,"position":1,"parentId":"53907926e6602af8186b933d","content":"### Another multi-part action step\n[ ] A clear concrete task you can definitely accomplish.\n[ ] Another of the same\n[ ] A third.\n[ ] And more.\n\n*<div class=\"info\">A rule of thumb: keep going until your list of actions are **definitely doable** and **within your control**.</div>*"},{"_id":"53907926e6602af8186b933f","treeId":"53907926e6602af8186b9310","seq":98491,"position":2,"parentId":"53907926e6602af8186b933c","content":"### Another next action. @john\n[ ] An item\n[ ] A second"},{"_id":"53907926e6602af8186b9340","treeId":"53907926e6602af8186b9310","seq":98492,"position":7,"parentId":null,"content":"*<div class=\"info\">This is meant to be a living plan, not a static one. Keep revisiting and redefining each section, as much as necessary. If problems arise, revist. If project gets stuck, revisit. At whatever level necessary.</div>*"}],"tree":{"_id":"53907926e6602af8186b9310","name":"Test project","publicUrl":"mercedes"}}